Now you got your precious keepsake jewellery but not sure how to care for it or scared to break or damage it. Or you perhaps are thinking of having gorgeous keepsakes made but not sure how to care for them.
All our jewellery comes with special care instructions, but just in case, we have bundled up our knowledge on jewellery care here.
Let us talk keepsake stones:
Majority of our keepsake jewellery will contain a particular type of resin. Some stones include only a drop while others require more resin due to the design, such as hair keepsake or breastmilk jewellery.
Resin is a form of plastic and while our resin contains a UV stabiliser and the company promises a ‘no yellow’ effect – let me be clear and honest, ALL resin will yellow in time. Some resin brands will yellow a lot while others will only darken a shade or two.
It is just a matter of time and the care and time you invest. In our tests, we found that even the UV stabilised resins will yellow a shade or two when exposed to ongoing harsh sunlight. That is one of the reasons we are committed to using less resin in each keepsake creation. Bear in mind that most yellowing will show up in white (ish) or clear coloured keepsakes and won’t be much of an issue for darker pieces like keepsakes made with remains.
(We introduced our gemstone memorial range in 2018 not only because of our love for crystals and gems, but because we were looking for solutions that require almost no resin)
So, what now! You desperately would love a keepsake that brings you joy for many years to come, but now you are worried about the up-keep.
Well, we know resin can and will yellow over time, so we need to make sure we look after our keepsakes as best as possible.
Doesn’t matter if it is your precious diamond ring or a piece of keepsake jewellery, all jewellery should be taken off first and put on last.
Please always remove your jewellery when:
• Applying lotion, perfume, hairspray or other beauty products
• Showering or swimming due to soaps and chemicals
• Washing hands (if wearing a keepsake ring)
• While cleaning due to contact with chemicals, cleaning wipes included
• Sunbaking, Gardening
• Prolonged exposure to fluorescent light
• While cooking as the heat from the stove can damage your stone
• Preparing food, remember we use vinegar in the studio to clean resin spills
We use household vinegar to clean up any resin spills in the studio, please take your keepsake ring off while cooking as any acidy contact can impact your design negatively.
That all seems like a lot but I want to make sure that the keepsake you receive from us will last for many years to come.
What happens if you were all excited and jumped into the pool after you were sunbaking? Apart from an extra dose of Vitamin D to your body, your keepsake should be unharmed by any accidental contact.
A client of ours followed all instructions very carefully but forgot that the cleaning wipes she used almost daily contained alcohol.
Alcohol is a solvent to the resin (yes, insert panic attack here) and the chemicals had literally eaten into the first layer of resin. We were able to repair the damage (thank goodness), and we supplied one of our keepsake jewellery maintenance kits to our customer.
The polishing cloth set is available in our store and is suitable for your keepsake stone as well as most metals.
Check out our maintenance kit HERE
What about the metal?
Before I ventured into the metalsmithing world, I always assumed that jewellery made from any kind of metal is hard and untouchable. Oh, how wrong! Silver and gold are actually considered a soft metal, and therefore we need to look after them. So please don’t wear your jewellery during any activity that could scratch the metal.
Ok, so you take your jewellery off during any activities that could scratch the metal, and you wear your keepsake with pride and love everything about it, BUT you noticed it’s a little dull. Chances are you are wearing a sterling silver, copper or brass jewellery. While those metals are very popular, they need to be maintained.
Same care instructions apply as above (no lotion, perfume, chemicals and so on).
We do recommend using a polishing cloth at least once a month to give some love to your creation. This will bring the metal back to shine and remove any tarnishing that occurs naturally for these metals.
Sterling silver (925) contains copper, and some people react to this gorgeous metal.
If you are prone to green marks on your skin while wearing sterling – perhaps look at other metal options if you don’t like the effect. There is the option of white gold if you want the silver looks. Other metals are available like gold and palladium.
Always store your jewellery in an airtight container should you wish to store it for longer times. I personally keep mine in –not so fancy- zip lock bags because we are in sunny North Queensland and humidity isn’t in my favour when it comes to tarnishing.
Don’t feel like maintaining the jewellery yourself? You can always take your piece to your trusted jeweller for some extra polishing care if need be. We offer this service free of charge if you return the jewellery to us.
I hope that you found this information useful and please let us know of any care question you may have and we will find the answer for you.
With love as always,